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Jan 26, 2009 - Vientiane

Hi. We are now in the capital city of Loa, Vientiane. Yesterday we took a day long trip via kayak down the river from Viang Vien. We had a great time but thank God the water level was low as my kiaking skills are minimal. Our guides cooked us a great open fire lunch. The 4 hours of open truck bus ride was less enjoyable but all part of the experience. Heading to Hanoi this afternoon where we will be winding down what has been a wonderful vacation. See you all soon. Love Mel and Warren

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Our Asian Adventure

Jan 16, 2009 - Expired Visas Lead to the Road More Traveled

Hello Family and Friends, Back to Vientiene. We dropped off the bike. Retrieved our bicycles and hurried our asses to the Thailand border. Remember that our Visas are now expired and we are being fined daily? 24km outside of Vientiene and we were now in Nong Khiaw, Thailand. Another border. Another stamp in my passport. 10 years of, evidently, pretty extensive traveling and we realized that we only have a couple of spaces left in our passports for stamps. Good thing they expire soon. Nong Khaiw is a gritty little border town thriving with...

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Travelin' Light

Jan 5, 2009 - Motorin' - Vientiene to Vang Vieng

Hello All~ After leaving Vang Vieng, we made a beeline to Vientiene for the purpose of acquiring the ever elusive motorbike rental. While scooter rentals are a dime a dozen in these parts and tons of fun for day-tripping around an area, we needed an actual motorcycle to get us over into Northeastern Laos to see The Plain of Jars. In theory, we could have ridden our bikes there, but the 700+km to ride the loop to Phonsovan and back around to Nong Khiaw would have taken too long and our visas were running out. We attempted to rent a...

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Dec 28, 2008 - Vang Vieng, Laos

im actually writing this on january first, but we got to vang vieng on the 28th in a large group (me, sara, mary, hari, brad and ester, yani and anuka, neil, and sevan and tara) the first day we jut hung out and relaxed. on the 29th, we went tubing down the river whilst doing some heavy drinking and rope swinging. on the 30th, we all rented motorbikes and went around to a bunch of local caves and to the blue lagoon that was absolutely amazing. new years eve was needless to say a racuous event, however i wasnt in the best shape as ive come...

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Dec 3, 2008 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a place I'd heard about long before I arrived. The party capital of Laos is actually set in some very beautiful limestone karst scenery next top the Nam Song river, and its certainly a place that polarises peoples opinions. The town is infamous for an activity known as 'tubing' - take one white westerner, preferably below age 25 and place on an inflated tractor tube on the Nam Song river some 4 k's upstream from the town and by the end of the day you end up with a lobster coloured staggering drunken embarrasement. Don't miss...

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 19, 2008 - Vang Vieng

Very sad to say goodbye to laid-back Luang Prabang but the journey must continue south to Vang Vieng. We took a mini-van to Vang Vieng 200km south of Luang Prabang. The route 13 between Luang Prabang and Vientiane used to be one of the most dangerous roads in South East Asia due to the Hmong guerrillas shooting buses passing by. It is also famous for dangerous half-sealed road with very large potholes everywhere which caused two out of five minivans to get a punctured tyre(but luckily not our van). Usually a 200km journey should be no more...

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Nov 19, 2008 - Vang Vieng, Laos

So, after an overnight pitstop, we arrived in Vang Vieng, a most untypical Lao town inhabited by the backpacker crowd who lounge, horizontal and spaced out on cushions in the myriad of cafes which offer an unrelenting diet of 'Friends' and 'Cheers' re-runs on big screens whilst serving up "Happy Pizza" laced with various substances such as opium ... weird. Needless to say, we did NOT partake, preferring instead to explore the surrounding countryside which offers the most beautiful limestone karst mountains, and the usual caves and...

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Nov 11, 2008 - Happy Birthday... w VangVien

Coz happy birthday tego dnia slyszalem co najmniej kilka razy... Gosia sciagajac na lotnisku z moojego formularza wizowego - skojarzyla date wiec nie bylo szans by zapomniec o tym... nawet i tort dostalem - niesttey miejscowa obsluga wniosla tort... ale swieczek nie zapalila - choc byly... w sumie extra miejsce na 35 urodziny - miasteczko ma zapadlej prowincji ale za to z extra widokiem - nasze bungalowy sa nad sama rzeka wiec i kolacja byla przy swiecach nad woda... komary nie gryzly wiec bylo ok Wczoraj bylo great - pomimo wczesnej...

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Indochiny 2008

Oct 22, 2008 - Vang Vieng - tubing!

The countryside around Vang Vieng is stunning: khasts (big limestone cliff-rock-things) everywhere! It made the long day in a minibus definitely worth it :). The town itself is very odd - it's a small place, but has many, many bars and restaurants, and nearly all play 'Friends' episodes non-stop on big TVs. We'd come (like all the other involuntarily friends-watching falangs) to tube down the river, because that's what you do here - rent a tube, get taken a few kilometres up the river, and then float back, bouncing from river-side bar to...

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Oct 17, 2008 - Vientiane

Friday After our interminably long day of driving our room for the night was very simple, very basic. This was the first time we questioned the cleanliness of our sheets and were subjected to a cold shower in the morning. Breakfast was al fresco, disappointing, but along a pretty river. A sun bear lay resting in a small cage, looking sad and depressed. We all wished to free it. Back into the bus for more travel. A short distance and we stopped at a beautiful wat, our first temple in Laos. Beautiful, ornate, peaceful. An amazing setting....

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Sep 25, 2008 - Return to Vang Vieng

I woke up on the bus at 6am when we reached the Laos border and groggily got up along with everyone else, bought a visa and walked across the border. After waiting around for a while another, smaller and decidedly more rickety bus turned up to take me into town where I was dropped off by a restaurant and told that my bus to Vang Vieng would be along shortly. Out of everyone on the bus only two young Swedish girls were also heading to Vang Vieng but they werent very impressed by the menu at the restaurant and so went for a wander so I sat...

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Sep 20, 2008 - Left Vang Vieng for Bangkok

Our coach down into Thailand left at about midday today but as we woke up later than we expected time was short this morning. I changed some currency up and we got some brunch and then we had to head off. We really enjoyed Vang Vieng but if we ever see an episode of Friends again it'll be too soon! It was a really beautiful place though and sooooooooo relaxing and friendly man! We 'were' going to get an overnight train down to Bangkok but aparently the railway in Thailand was flooded so we had to get a bus instead. Or 3 buses to be...

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The A&E Adventure

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